Comparative vocabularies of several Indian languages, 1802-1808


Date: 1802-1808 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 72 p.


This item contains Jefferson's comparative vocabulary, based on his collection of vocabularies taken on printed forms; a second comparative vocabulary; and John Sibley's vocabulary of the Caddo language. This document was damaged in transit from the White House to Monticello in 1809 (see letters of Jefferson to Peter S. Du Ponceau, November 7, 1817, and April 26, 1816.)

Background note

Thomas Jefferson served as president of the United States, 1801-1809, and of the American Philosophical Society, 1797-1815. John Sibley was an Indian agent for Orleans Territory, 1805-1814, and gathered vocabularies of tribes within the territory and reported his findings to Jefferson.

Digital objects note

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Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 72 p.


Presented by Thomas Jefferson and accessioned, 1817 (1817 51356).

Alternate formats available

This item is also available on microfilm (Film 1474, no. 2).

Early American History Note

Presented to the APS by Thomas Jefferson in 1817, this volume contains Jefferson's compilation of Indian Vocabularies.

Indexing Terms


  • Language Material
  • Native American Materials

Personal Name(s)

  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
  • Sibley, John, 1757-1837


  • Atacapas language
  • Caddo language
  • Cayuga language
  • Cherokee language
  • Chickasaw language
  • Chitimacha language
  • Choctaw language
  • Cree language
  • Creek language
  • Delaware language
  • Indians of North America -- Languages
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Mahican language
  • Miami language (Ind. and Okla.)
  • Munsee language
  • Nanticoke language
  • Native America
  • Oneida language
  • Onondaga language
  • Ottawa language
  • Shawnee language
  • Tuscarora language
  • Unami jargon
  • Unquachog language

Detailed Inventory

 Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Comparative vocabularies of several Indian languages
1802-1808 62 page(s) volume 1
 Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Comparative vocabulary: Mohiccon and unknown languages
circa 1793-1808 
 Sibley, John, 1757-1837.
Vocabulary of the Caddoquies Language